20 July 2017
A disused Cardiff pub which has been vacant since 2014 is to be replaced with new terraced family homes, following a resolution to approve planning permission secured by WYG’s Cardiff team. The homes meet a need for more family housing in the Cathays area of Cardiff.
Gower (Cathays) Limited instructed professional services firm WYG to provide planning and urban design services after a previous residential apartment scheme had been refused planning permission, following strong local opposition on design grounds.
The WYG team supported Grasshopper PR with re-engaging the community on a complete redesign that is sensitive to the former pub’s heritage and the character of the area. WYG then submitted a revised application for 10 family homes - the original scheme had proposed 24 apartments. The new design is in keeping in scale and appearance with the predominantly traditional residential surroundings and that better reflected local aspirations. The development required a bespoke design solution to address site constraints, incorporating slate roofs and red and black brick detailing to mirror those used on neighbouring houses and the pub.
Local residents and Cardiff City councillors were positive about the redesign and the scheme received a resolution to approve permission. Councillor Michael Jones-Pritchard said: “It’s a good replacement for what was there. Nice scheme”.
Rob Mitchell, Associate at WYG who led the planning work, said: “The scheme represents a complete redesign of the old proposals. We took full account of the views expressed to us during public consultation. The new homes are viable and respectful of their surroundings, and will be a positive addition to the area. The local response we received is testament to that.“
Sam Buckley from Gower (Cathays) Limited said: “We are very pleased with this result which brings to a successful conclusion several years of uncertainty for Cathays residents. The scheme replaces a derelict and deteriorating building with no future commercial viability, makes the best use of a brownfield site and will deliver much needed family homes at a highly sustainable location close to Cardiff’s city centre.”